The weekend is here! The weather is cooler — so get out and have fun!
Start off the weekend with a free movie under the stars! Montclair Film Festival will host its final free outdoor screening of the season on Church Street in Montclair. Tonight’s feature is Jaws, the 1975 classic film about a shark that terrorizes the New England tourist town of Amity Island. This film is rated PG. The movie will start at dusk (approximately 8:45 PM), but come early to enjoy live pre-show music by Mamou’s Party! Be sure to bring your lawn chair!
Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will be hosting Night Tours, a guided tour to meet the creatures of the night, on Friday at 8:00 PM. Bring a flashlight for the full effect! Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Call 973-731-5800 x 221 to register. Cost is $7 per person.
The New York Renaissance Faire (600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY) continues this weekend. Travel back in time to Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. The faire is open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the website for adult tickets, the stage schedule and special events. The faire is open Saturdays and Sundays through October 2, 2016, as well as Labor Day.
The Passaic County Fair will be held at Garret Mountain Reserve (Woodland Park) this weekend. Enjoy carnival rides, music, vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, exotic foods and more! The fair will be open on Friday from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. A shuttle will be provided from the parking areas to the fair.
On Saturday, visit Newark Comic Con at Waterfront Place (1100 McCarter Hwy, Newark) from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Tickets are $35 per person; kids 5 and under are free. Check out the vendors, cosplayers, comic creators, panel discussions, musical guests and more!
This Saturday is Canal Day at Hugh Force Canal Park (180 West Central Avenue, Wharton). This old time country fair celebrates the Morris Canal and its contribution to the development of the communities along its banks. Enjoy musical artists performing on two stages or take a free kayak ride and a narrated boat ride on the Morris Canal. Enjoy Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo, an arts and crafts show, blacksmith demonstrations, pony & hay rides, fireworks and more! Visit the website for a full schedule.
For the rest of August (not just the weekends!) drop by the Haggerty Education Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) for the Summertime Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. July’s theme is “America, the Beautiful.” Grab a camera or a phone and stop in to pick up the list. Head outside and take a picture of every item. Return the list and get a prize! Cost is $10 per family (exact change please). The program runs all day between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.
For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.